Okay, let me start by saying how extremely envious I was of Ricky Stratton (Ricky Schroeder) every week as my Father and I watched this show. The kid ended up with his own Dragon’s Lair machine in his living room, his living room! But he always had some awesome arcade game within reach no matter what.
Ahem. Silver Spoons aired on NBC from September 25th, 1982 to May 11th, 1986. Besides Rick ‘Ricky” Schroeder the series starred Joel Higgins as Edward Stratton III, Erin Gray as Kate Summers (Though Joel and Kate eventually marry), Leonard Lightfood as Leonard Rollins, Jason Bateman as Derek Taylor, and John Houseman as Edward Stratton II.
The series dealt with a single father, Edward Stratton III, not only having to grow up enough to raise a son he never knew existed but to take control of his toy company empire as well, which we learn in the first season that his business associate has embezzled some of the companies money. Kate Summers acts as the voice of reason for Edward…sometimes unheeded…like the time he hires Mr. T to be a bodyguard for Ricky at school.